Hi, my name is Crystal, and I love tradition and ritual, but I also love novel things and creating something special just for one person. When my mum died a few years ago, I decided that I wanted to write her funeral service – not just my eulogy, but the whole service. I wanted to tie in traditional elements as well as Bible verses and poems that she loved, but I also wanted something that was just for her and her alone. I learned a lot through that experience. If you have lost a loved one, I extend you my sympathy. I know how that feels, and I want to help with the funeral service. This blog has ideas and tips for writing your own service as well as a range of other things. I hope it helps.
If you have recently lost someone you love, you may be wondering about the impact COVID may have on the funeral service. This article will guide you through some of the steps you can take to ensure that the funeral is COVID-safe, such as social distancing around the grave, wearing a mask, not travelling to and from the funeral in large groups, and limiting the number of mourners who can attend the funeral service. Read on to find out more.
Limit the number of mourners
It is a good idea to limit the number of mourners at a COVID-safe funeral. Only immediate family and very close friends should be invited to the funeral. Other people who may wish to pay their respects should be invited to view a video livestream of the funeral.
To make sure that no person can spread COVID near the grave, it is important to limit the number of people in this area. The funeral director should limit the number of pallbearers, as well as the number of staff who are going to direct family members to their seats. The seats should be spaced out so people do not need to sit right next to each other. Mourners should avoid shaking or holding hands during the funeral, as this can spread the virus.
Wear a mask
Some funeral directors believe that you should wear an N-95 respirator mask. They can be purchased from a workplace safety supplier. Other funeral directors believe it is best to wear a surgical mask. If you do not have access to either, you could also use a handkerchief or tissue wrapped over the mouth and nose, or facial tissues held close to the face.
Avoid travelling to and from the funeral in large groups
A large group of people travelling together is likely to spread infections. As you travel to and from the funeral, be aware of the number of other people travelling with you. Ideally, you should travel in groups that consist of people from the household. By avoiding mixing with other households, you can help to limit the spread of the COVID virus. You can avoid travelling to and from the funeral in large groups by bringing your own vehicle if possible and encouraging others to do the same.
If you would like further advice and support when planning a COVID-safe funeral, you should contact a local funeral director today.